The Varnish is consistently ranked among the best cocktail bars in the world. We're the one's providing the soundtrack. For over a decade The Varnish House Bands have been providing the backdrop for your perfect night out in DTLA, whether you're looking for quiet and subtle, or raucous and fun, we've had you covered. Our colorful family of musicians features experts in Swing, Cool Jazz, old time Rock&Roll, Gypsy, even Exotica and Tiki.
We've been named dropped everywhere from LA Weekly, to Nat Geo Traveler. Timeout says we're "well-groomed". Punchdrink.com says we "lend warmth to the room". Thrillist calls us "exceptional" and says we're "one of the best live jazz clubs in Los Angeles".
They are wonderful, set such a great mood for the party
Working with Marc and The Varnish House Band was, above all, a seamless experience. From the moment we booked them for our Customer Cocktail event in Anaheim, until the day of our event, the whole process went without a hitch. On the day of our cocktail, the band was punctual and dressed professionally; they were also very respectful and polite. During the event, the band played jazzy melodies and set the mood perfectly for our event. Thank you for helping us host a successful event for our customers! We’d recommend The Varnish House Band to any companies or teams looking for a great band in Anaheim and Southern California.
We had the best service and the guests absolutely loved the band! I highly recommend them!
What to Expect
We will be punctual
We will be dressed snappily, and with personality
We will be easy to work with
We will be friendly (and a perhaps a little bit wry)
We will be sporting quality instruments and our gear will be in good condition
You will be impressed with our selection of songs
You will be able to select a combo that suits your taste and needs
When our parent bar, The Varnish, opened over a decade ago, our musical ethos was been to blend into and augment the vibe of the speakeasy -- to soundtrack your trip back in time to the 30's while you sipped your vintage craft cocktail.
Over the next few years, as the vibe of The Varnish evolved from "speakeasy-specific" to just "generally excellent", our repertoire expanded to include songs from later eras -- cool jazz, rockabilly, gypsy, hokum, contemporary singer-songwriter, to name a few. Our goal has been to fill the room with music that we find interesting; to make the sound fit the atmosphere without having to force it. Vibe is paramount; if your thoughts on the music are anything other than, "wow, these people can *play*", or "what is this song? i love this!" we're not doing it right. And we've been at it long enough by now to know the difference. We do it right.
As the music expanded, so did our league of musicians. We feature a broad and talented collection of pianists, drummers, guitarists, vocalists, saxophonists, violinists, woodwind players, mandolins -- we've even got a couple Grammy winners in our ranks.
No matter which combo you decide to go with, you'll know that you're getting players who feel personally connected to the music we're playing, and that we're playing that much better and deeper as a consequence.
Past Booked Events
|September 25, 2021 • 5:00pm - 8:30pm||Fundraiser|
|December 14, 2019 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Christmas Party|
|October 24, 2019 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|October 18, 2019 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Cocktail Party|
Influences & Inspiration
Fiona Apple, Chet Baker, Andrew Bird, Jon Brion, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Etta James, JD McPherson, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Pink Martini, Django Reinhardt, Brian Setzer, The Squirrel Nut Zippers, CW Stoneking, Brian Wilson